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Pinellas County is expected to escape the worst of the cold weather coming on Monday night through Wednesday morning. Freeze and hard freeze watches will be in effect to the north along the nature coast and through central Florida to the east coast.
The good news is that it won’t last long. The bad news is the coldest weather of 2014 is coming Monday night and will last through Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service forecasts that temperatures will warm back up into the 70s on Thursday through the weekend.

Pinellas County will likely escape the coldest temperatures. But freeze and hard freeze watches will be in effect for counties to the north and along the nature coast and all the way to the east coast.

Temperatures in Pinellas could drop to 40 degrees Monday night and Tuesday’s forecast high is only 49 with lows that night forecast to be as low as 36 degrees in mid-Pinellas. But the wind chills will make it feel colder as blustery north winds of 15 to 25 mph blow through the area. Residents are advised to dress accordingly.

Cold night shelters will be open Monday and Tuesday nights. Shelters open at 6 p.m. and close at 6 a.m. People seeking shelter will be served a hot evening meal and breakfast the next morning.

Adult Men and Women

- Clearwater Primary Shelter: Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S. Ft. Harrison Ave.; capacity 75. Church Phone: 727-442-3677.

- Clearwater Back-up Shelter: St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 820 Jasmine Way; capacity 45. Church Phone: 727-447-3494

- Pinellas Park: Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park, 7790 61st St. N.; capacity, 150. Phone: 727-574-5437. Transportation to and from this shelter and downtown St. Petersburg will be provided by Boley Inc.

- St. Petersburg: Northwest Presbyterian Church, 6330 54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg; capacity 75. Church phone: 727-544-4551.

- St. Petersburg: Salvation Army, 1400 Fourth St. S., capacity 25. Phone: 727-822-4954

- St. Petersburg: The Turning Point, 1810 Fifth Ave. N.; capacity, 25. Phone: 727-823-7811

- Tarpon Springs: St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, 812 E. Tarpon Ave.; capacity 25. Phone: 727-479-2914


Families with children will be placed in motels on cold nights. To arrange for shelter, call Sarah Snyder at 727-424-1355 (cell), 727-528-5761 (office) or Cliff Smith at 727-698-1809 (cell) or 727-893-7627 (office).

Sailors take warning

As of Sunday afternoon, no advisories or warnings had been issued for small craft operating just offshore Pinellas County’s shoreline. However, northwest winds to near-gale force are expected to develop well offshore over Gulf waters as the cold front pushes through on Monday. Mariners are asked to keep a close eye on the forecast before planning trips.

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